Saturday, July 12, 2008

Tribute to Tony Snow

I just learned when I logged onto my homepage that Tony Snow passed away during the night of colon cancer. Tony Snow was a man of great integrity, a man who walked with God, a man whose hope was in matter what might lie ahead. I shared in a previous blog an article that he wrote, Cancer's Unexpected Blessings . I wanted to bring that up again as a tribute to what a great Christian man Tony Snow was. He is now with his Lord and Saviour with a new body, free from the ravages of cancer.

I had the opportunity to send him an email through a link with many others about a year ago while he was still serving as Press Secretary for the White House. It was a link for those to let him know they were praying for him after he had just had another cancerous growth removed. I received the following email from him that I'm sure he sent to all who had contacted him:


Thanks so much for the kind note - and for including me in your thoughts and prayers.

I can't tell you how much I appreciate you thinking of me and raising my name in prayer. Prayers have enormous power. They're good medicine - and they certainly have lifted my spirits. I feel as if I have been borne on the shoulders of thousands of friends, all of whom have made the ride easier than I ever could have imagined.

We're blessed to live in a land where people just want an excuse to do something good for someone else. Thanks for taking advantage of that opportunity with me. Please encourage others to do it closer to home for other friends in need. Kind words, notes, emails, and small gestures have a way of lightening the load, while making our own lives richer and more rewarding.

Again, thanks for the incredible gift of caring.

God bless,

You want to make every pundit look bad? Then stand tall for what you believe. Don’t be shy. You want to stun the establishment? Then become a mighty force for conservative principles, and tackle the task with confidence and cheer... This may be a time of testing. But it’s not our swan song. Not by a long shot. Instead... this is our moment. This is the time to do what we do best—turn adversity into strength.” —the late Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary
Dear God, you've received one of your choice servants unto Yourself this day. God, raise up and give us more men of such Christian integrity in our government and media as this one, Tony Snow.

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